Recent Tokyo Olympics Were First to Allow Athletes to Use CBD!
Did you tune in and watch some of the recent 2021 Tokyo Olympics?
If so, you are not alone. In America, broadcast company NBC estimated that as many as 20 million people were watching the Olympics at one time on its various broadcast outlets.
Whether you watched the swimmers … or the divers … or the runners … or the gymnasts … or any of the other world-class athletes competing for gold … here is something you may not have realized …
At this Olympics athletes were able to use CBD for the first time!
That’s right, CBD was welcome at these Olympic Games.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a chemical compound that is found in the cannabis plant. There are basically two types of cannabis – marijuana and hemp.
Marijuana is high in Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is also known as THC. This is the psychoactive compound that produces the “high” when people smoke or consume marijuana.
Like CBD, THC is a cannabinoid. There are over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant with CBD and THC being the most well known.
Like we said, marijuana is high in THC and lower in CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, is just the opposite – it is high in CBD and lower in THC. In fact, hemp by definition cannot contain more than .3% of THC. For comparison’s sake, marijuana typically contains between 3% and 12% THC with some specially developed strains containing as much as 30% THC.
Already, a number of benefits linked to CBD – such has an absence of pain, better sleep and reduced anxiety – could easily lead to improved athletic performance.
Of course, one of the biggest benefits linked to taking CBD is pain relief and athletes have been quick to take advantage of its all-natural, highly effective pain relief.
A recent article in Outside magazine said that a large number of athletes are turning to CBD for pain relief of sore muscles and joints.
According to the article, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) “removed CBD from its list of banned substances in January, which prompted many professional athletes, including ultra-runner Avery Collins and mountain biker Teal Stetson-Lee, to eschew ibuprofen for CBD.”
The reason athletes are choosing CBD over ibuprofen? Because many believe CBD is a safer alternative to over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription anti-inflammatories.
We have all heard the horror stories associated with Opioids, which can be highly addictive.
CBD offers strong pain relief and is safe, natural and not addictive. It also does not produce a high like marijuana.
Of course, non-Olympic athletes could enjoy these benefits as well.
Maybe you are anxious about a work presentation that you have coming up?
Or maybe you are sore from a hard workout at the gym?
CBD could offer the anxiety or pain relief you need.
One of the best things about CBD is the positive effect it has on sleep.
We all need sleep – whether we are athletes or office workers or stay at-home parents.
In a recent nationally representative Consumer Reports survey, about 10 percent of Americans who reported trying CBD said they used it to help them sleep, and a majority of those people said it worked.
Joseph Maroon, M.D., a clinical professor and neurosurgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center told Consumer Reports in a story on its website: “CBD has properties that could help some people sleep better. Most notably, it appears to ease anxiety and pain, both of which can make it harder to fall asleep or stay asleep.”
Sleep also plays a vital role in your physical health.
Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Sleep deficiency also increases the risk of obesity and can result in a higher than normal blood sugar level, which may increase your risk for diabetes.
A recent article in USA Today indicates that sleep experts now believe “insufficient sleep promotes hunger and appetite, which can cause excessive food intake resulting in weight gain.”
The article goes on to say that “research has showed that when study participants didn't get enough sleep for five days, they consumed more carbohydrates and gained nearly 2 pounds in that time.”
Your immune system also relies on sleep to stay healthy. Ongoing sleep deficiency can change the way in which your immune system responds, for example you may have trouble fighting common infections.
In addition, lack of sleep can impact your performance at work, at school and in athletic competitions.
Studies have shown that people who are sleep deficient are less productive at work and school. They take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “after several nights of losing sleep – even a loss of just 1–2 hours per night – your ability to function suffers as if you haven't slept at all for a day or two.”
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It also carefully monitors and tests its CBD during cultivation, extraction and manufacturing to ensure its quality and to protect the health of its customers.
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